Anointing of the Sick

“In the Church’s Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin—and sometimes even from a physical ailment.  His cures were signs of the arrival of the Kingdom of God.  The core message of his healing tells us of his plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.

The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament.  A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient.

When the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it is God’s will, the person be physically healed of illness.  But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit’s gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age.”  USCCB

The reception of this sacrament is available to any Catholic who find themselves in grave physical, spiritual or mental state of illness.  Arrangements should be made through the parish office for those who are homebound.  If after hours, or on weekends, and the person is in imminent danger of death, please leave a message.  The phone is checked periodically throughout the day.  If you are having surgery you may ask a priest to anoint you before the surgery.  Call the office to schedule an appointment.

Please note:  It is best not to wait until the very last moment to call for a priest.  There are situations when no priest is available and might be several hours away from responding.